Scars are tattoos with better stories.
When Finn got the dialysis tube fitted on Friday I asked the surgeon what the scar would look like. Let’s face it, what mother would not be fretting about the various incisions made in her baby’s perfect skin??
He laughed loudly and said “my dear this scar will be nothing compared to the one from his kidney transplant! That one will go from here to here…!!” He pointed one finger to the top of his torso and the other to the bottom. The thought of my baby’s tiny little body covered in so many scars (especially one that big!) brought tears to my eyes.
Doctors can often be extremely blunt, I mean, I do already know that Finn will have a large scar from the transplant but it’s just the way they put it so matter of fact can be very confronting.
He basically said scars don’t matter when they are a result of surgery that has saved a life. And he is absolutely right. My baby is only alive because of his multiple operations, for which I am eternally grateful. Finn’s scars will be a beautiful reminder of the strong little lion he is inside.
His scars will always be there to remind us and be thankful that he survived. Luckily Finn won’t remember how his scars got there but hopefully when he is older he will accept them, maybe even learn to love them, as they will be a part of what makes him so unique. And they will be a beautiful reminder that he can achieve anything!!
Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.
Finn, wear your beautiful scars with pride my little lion.